Some Kind Words:
"I feel so inspired and eager to write after our conversations. Thank you for all of the great ideas and resources--I never would have found them on my own, even if I had the time! (btw--Jung Rocks!)"
--M.B., Seattle, WA
"I've always tried to hide the fact that I need to work a regular job in order to create my art. There's a definite bias out there about who's a "real artist" and who's not. You've changed my whole outlook, and for that I am very, very grateful."
--P.T., Portland, OR
"For me, there's nothing more stressful than having to come up with a brilliant (but short) cover letter or introduction for my work. I feel like I'm finally able to stand out from the pack. Thanks!"
--D.M., New York, NY
"Wow, your follow-up is amazing! Better than therapy for me, you really understand artists."
--G.L., Santa Fe, NM
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do you work?
We meet for one hour, either via Skype, phone, FaceTime, WhatsApp or in person in the Santa Barbara area. I listen closely and take notes. I then reflect, research, and sometimes even dream about topics and themes that we've discussed. Within 48 hours, I offer you additional insights via email. Along with my own thoughts, you'll receive the insights of profound and ground-breaking thinkers from many disciplines including philosophy, psychology, mythology, neuroscience, religions and the arts--all related to the unique circumstances of your creative calling. Check out the Services page for in-depth descriptions of services.
What do you charge? Are your prices competitive, and do you offer a sliding scale for fees?
An initial 30-minute consultation is always free! One hour mentoring and/or strategy sessions are $95.00. (You'll find that similar consultations can easily exceed $150 with no follow up.) I want my services to be accessible to everyone, and yes I do offer a sliding scale in certain circumstances. Please feel free to ask. We can also split up the hour into time for mentoring and time for career planning if you like. Non-mentoring, basic editing fees are $55 per hour. Online courses and retreats are priced as packages.
Do I have to commit to a certain amount of sessions?
No. The frequency of our work together is totally up to you. The first 30-minute intro session is always complimentary. At that time, ask me any questions about working together while I get to learn about you. Then perhaps, try a regular session or two and see what you think--or try an online course that includes monthly personal sessions.
What's the difference between mentoring and coaching?
A mentor has walked, and often stumbled, along the path before you. A mentor's hard-won wisdom can help to guide you to the fullest expression of your gifts. He or she has also completed sustained and rigorous training in one, if not many, disciplines. The title of "coach" is a popular one today - so much so that it's losing its meaning. In addition, many coaching experiences rely on "feel-good," "cheerleading" and "quick-fix" methods. Mentorship involves a deeper engagement with the darker and more mysterious aspects of our lives, particularly where creativity is concerned.
If you've been disappointed after working with a creativity or career expert, or felt that you paid too much for too little, then perhaps what you were seeking was the type of depth that a mentor can offer. Does this imply that anyone who calls himself/herself a mentor is automatically superior? No it doesn't - trust your own instincts when working with any guide - wisdom comes in many packages regardless of the terminology. Please be confident that if you need specialized guidance that I can't deliver, I'll help you find the right experts who can.
What if I'm already working with a therapist?
My services are designed to be complimentary to and respectful of other types of therapy/soul-work - both traditional and alternative. Our time together is not aimed at superceding or interfering with other methods of self-understanding and healing that you may be engaged in.
Can we meet and/or talk on weekends?
Yes. Saturday appointments are available.
What's the best way to pay?
Paypal is preferred - it's easy, secure, and you can use a credit card. Personal checks from U.S. banks are also welcome.